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Michelob Bavarian Style Wheat - Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob Bavarian Style WheatMichelob Bavarian Style Wheat

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BA SCORE
80
good

158 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 16.33%
Wants: 9
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A crisp, delicious wheat beer, Michelob Bavarian Style Wheat is brewed as a traditional, unfiltered hefeweizen. Natural cloudiness and a light, bright yellow color characterize this refreshing beer. You'll notice a pronounced spicy aroma and refreshing finish.

13 IBU

(Beer added by: Todd on 08-30-2006)
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beerme626

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +14.6%

12-13-2011 06:12:40 | More by beerme626
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AndrewMichael

Virginia

4/5  rDev +14.6%

12-31-2011 20:14:06 | More by AndrewMichael
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hckyfn9999

Missouri

4/5  rDev +14.6%

Pours a cloudy yellow color with hues of orange and a nice two finger head that disappears fairly quickly but leaves some nice lacing around the glass.

Smell is spicy. There is a strong clove pressence as well as some banana bread.

Taste is of sweet banana bread followed quickly by some of the clove spiciness. Pretty good. There is a little bite from the wheat in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pretty good.

If this beer was available all of the time I would definitely pick this up on occasion. Very solid brew by AB. I'll be looking forward to the remainders of these from my sampler.

10-05-2006 01:37:41 | More by hckyfn9999
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +14.6%

Another brew from the Michelob Specialty Ales & Lagers 20-pack. 12 oz., "born on" 8/15/06, and served in a weizen glass. It pours an opaque peach/apricot after a lot (a LOT) of agitation to extract every last bit of yeast. It settles to a finger of off-white head that leaves little lacing and it is so opaque it is hard to judge the amount of carbonation. It smells of tangy wheat, banana pudding, and spicy yeast - very authentic. It is light on the palate with a tingly body and tastes of bananas, spicy cloves, green/spicy, almost grassy hops, and a spicy yeast background, all of which combine to leave a medium finish. Again, quite authentic. This is another great surprise from A-B and goes to show that, if they put their mind to it, they can make high-quality brews. Beers like this and their new porter let us know that they have acknowledged the microbrew revolution and don't want to be left behind. I would like to see six-packs of both of those, without a doubt the two best beers I've had from Anheuser-Busch.

10-20-2006 21:06:14 | More by mmmbeer
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brheuer

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +14.6%

03-17-2013 21:00:58 | More by brheuer
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jdoolin

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +14%

From the Michelob Specialty Ales & Lagers Sampler pack.

Presentation: 12oz bottle, poured into a weizen glass. Yes, there is actually yeast in the bottle of a Michelob branded beer.

Appearance: A hazy, pale orange tinted yellow with a big, white fluffy head that wasn't quite as spectacular or long lasting as other hefeweizens I've had.

Aroma: Ok, the moment of truth. Is it a true hefeweizen? Yes! Banana and clove aromas are there! A nice wheat malt aroma as well, and only a bare hint of hop.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a nice carbonation. Has a nice, grainy, tangy wheat malt flavor with prominent banana and clove as well. Earthy yeast flavors contribute that requisite flavor to this style. Finishes a bit dry.

Notes: Well how about that. The big boys produced a more authentic hefeweizen than Sam Adams. The flavor is quite good and authentic to the style, even down to the yeast. It's also a really drinkable beer. Maybe just a bit too light bodied. But it would be a great crossover beer. In fact, most of the beers in this pack would be.

11-18-2006 03:29:13 | More by jdoolin
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Pegasus

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +13.2%

Appearance: Medium golden in color with a slight cast of haze, a bit clearer than typical for the style, with a robust inch-tall finely beaded head, which retains very well. There are a few streams of small, slow-rising bubbles, and a profusion of thick, sticky lace.

Aroma: Cloves figure prominently in the aroma, with some earthy yeast notes, and a mild bread characteristic. The ripe banana note, ubiquitous for the Hefe Weizen style, is a bit subdued.

Taste: The spicy clove character of the aroma carries through strongly in the taste. The wheat malt presence is quite solid, both bready, and tart. There are notes of lemon and apple peel, and mild pepper as well. The yeast contributes a plesan earthy, nutty note. Finishes with a lingering herbal hop bitterness.

Mouth feel: Decently full and soft, although seems a touch thinner than typical for the style.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasant and drinkable example of the style, far better than most of Anheuser-Busch's ventures into craft brewing. Not quite as good as a German-brewed Hefe Weizen, but then, what is? Perhaps beers like this will raise awareness of craft brewing.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a twist-off crown. The "born on date" is 29 August 2006. Served in a standard pint tap glass.

11-19-2006 19:52:12 | More by Pegasus
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +13.2%

Poured a cloudy bright amber color with massive white puffy head.
Smell is a nice mixture of bubble gum, bananas, citrus fruit and spice.
Taste also has bananas in the forefront, with a bit of spice also present.
Finish is a bit thin with little taste retanetion.
Easy to drink on a hot autumn afternoon. Good example of the style.

09-30-2007 18:45:07 | More by tgbljb
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ghostmech007

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +13.2%

I saw this on BA a few days ago got the sample pack and tried this one first lets review.

12oz. Bottle poured into a frosted pint.

Pale yellow in color. Unfiltered, you can see the yeast just float in there. Snow white head hugs the glass all the way down.

Spices are present in the smell, turns into a malty grainish smell, fruits as well.

Light body and very smooth. More fruits when you sip. Cloves are present and a light touch of caramel. A big wheat bite gives you a new perspective on this brew. Not a lot of bitterness as the hops are subdued by the fruits. Dry finish of wheat and malts.

Awesome brew. And as the Bros. say below make sure you get every last drop out of the bottle it adds alot to the character.

09-27-2006 02:18:12 | More by ghostmech007
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scoobybrew

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev +13.2%

This was poured into a weizen glass from the bottle. The beer pours out clear with a nice head. After swirling and adding the yeast it clouds up like a normal hefeweizen with a large head that is very well retained. The aroma is malty with hints of clove and subtle banana from the yeast. The flavor delivers all that's in the aroma except the banana is more pronounced. There's a very slight hop flavor as well. It has a creamy light/medium body with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall, I am very impressed with this offering of the style from AB. I was a bit skeptical because of the initial 'hype' I had been exposed to, but it really does live up to it. I would not be disappointed to find this in every bar in the US.

12-15-2006 17:53:05 | More by scoobybrew
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +12.6%

Thanks dad for letting me mooch off of your Michelob Mixed 20-pack.

The look is off light banana peel with some golden hay and good bubbling. I was hoping for a better head though. The aroma was like a good wheat beer should smell. Bananas and cloves with some light bitterness lingering neither here nor there. The taste was just like the aroma. Bananas, cloves and even some light red apples. Just a touch of tartness at the finish. Smooth and well carbonated palate for this particular beer. Just awesome. Blown away by this beer from such a brewery.

12-24-2006 20:39:59 | More by scruffwhor
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Todd

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +11.7%

Michelob Bavarian Style Wheat, an authentic German-style Hefeweizen brewed with wheat malt. Not to be confused with the discontinued Michelob Hefeweizen (American-style wheat), this brew is fermented with a southern German Hefeweizen yeast strain. And true to style, it’s also an all-malt and unfiltered offering.

As expected, the 12-ounce bottle releases a cloudy, pale, straw-colored beer with plenty of yeast in suspension. Head is pure white, with a tight, creamy lace and plenty of healthy-looking stick and stay on the glass. A soft clove spiciness in the nose goes deep with sweet grain suggestions, followed by unripe banana, a hint of fruitiness and notes of lemon oil.

Body is light, and the mouthfeel smooth. The palate gathers apple peel, light clove notes and a thin sweetness that’s touched with caramel. In the middle, ripe and juicy fresh wheat malt with pear edge, while a husky, grainy, wheat twang livens things up. Suggestions of bubblegum are noted. There’s very little bitterness, but a slight lemony sourness, banana pith and light hop leaf character that, combined, increase the perceived bitterness. Yeast is rather neutral, a bit chalky. Some medicinal phenols show through toward the finish. Finish dries the palate, with a lingering wheat and barley husk.

Putting brewery politics and unforgiving palates aside, I dig this beer. It’s authentic, highly drinkable and tasty, and the yeast byproducts created by AB’s particular yeast strain create a much more subtle beer, especially compared to other examples that tend to be overpowered with strong banana and clove notes.

Serve cool in a traditional wheat beer glass, and ensure that you get every last drop of yeast in there. It’s part of the experience, as the yeast lends much to the aroma and taste. You’ll want to pour the beer, leave around a half an inch in the bottle, gently swirl it and pour the rest into the glass. AB actually has serving instructions on the back label, which is pretty awesome for the uninitiated. And for those wondering, “Hefe” means “yeast” and “weizen” means “wheat” in German.

The beer will be available nationally in AB’s Michelob Specialty Sampler Collection beginning September 25, 2006; the 20-pack will also include Michelob Porter, Pale Ale, Märzen and AmberBock. A 12-pack will also be available, with the same lineup sans AmberBock.

09-20-2006 16:12:35 | More by Todd
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Proteus93

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +11.7%

A: Head in a weizen glass tends to be something I expect from a hefe, and it's a little weak there. Nonetheless, there is a little and it sticks around for at least a little while. Beer itself is a lighter blonde, slightly hazy, but does appear to be a little more clear than I might expect.

S + T: The standard banana/clove aromas are present, both in the aroma and flavour. The bottle makes a statement about the presence of citrus, which I don't really pick up on, honestly. It is a little mild, as well, though it is appropriate for the style and for what I suspect they are aiming for.

M + D: Moderate carbonation and body, smooth and easy drinking. While there are other hefeweizens that have been more enjoyable, this still serves as a good brew and I have had no problem with enjoying the six-pack that came in a variety pack. Not too bad at all.

09-25-2009 01:17:56 | More by Proteus93
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elniko

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +11.7%

Poured from bottle into weizen glass.

A: Wow, pretty nice looking pour and brew. Huge pillowy head and lacing. Not as hazy as I would expect, carbonation quite apparent.

S: Nice hef tones, this is definitely a German style vs American wheat. Not much banana but spices quite apparent. Again very solid.

T & M: Taste was a bit of letdown after the appearance and nose. Pretty thin bodied. Although banana tones were not apparent in the nose I felt that it was the dominant tone in the taste.

D: Pretty darn drinkable, this beer was a pleasant surprise for me. As far as American hefs go really solid, not as good as the Kellerweis but not too far behind.

11-08-2009 18:08:29 | More by elniko
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superdedooperboy

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev +11.2%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a "Michelob Specialty Ales & Lagers" pilsner/weizen glass.

Pours a slightly hazy bright golden hue; the foamy white head is disappointing for a Hefeweizen, raising itself to a paltry stature and falling away a bit too quickly. Some light stick remains as it fades away.

Aroma is patently Bavarian, with banana-like fruity esters dominating; a bit of clove-like spiciness shows itself underneath with a hint of bubblegum, but the esters take hold.

A light and effervescent mouthfeel brings to the table spicy flavors of clove and nutmeg and lots of fruity esters showing themselves through banana and apricot notes, though well-balanced by the Bavarian yeast byproducts and overlaid upon a base of slightly sweet, slightly grainy wheat-and-barley malt. Finishes long and somewhat fruity-malty-sweet.

Drinkable and fairly authentic, though a bit more evident spiciness would be preferred and certainly more head retention; increasing the amount of wheat in the grist would undoubtedly solve that problem, but what can one expect from a company that works more than anything else to decrease the costs of production? More wheat in a wheat beer would probably be a bit too much to ask for.

09-27-2009 17:08:43 | More by superdedooperboy
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.88/5  rDev +11.2%

Part of the sampler pack.

It pours a very hazy straw gold with a small head of foam that quickly shrinks to a few islands and a ring around the glass.

It smells pretty Hefeweizen like...good notes of clove and banana and a light citrus.

Taking my first sip and the clove and banana are there with a very mild note of wheat and an even lighter note of citrus that I could have easily missed but yet not missed if you catch my drift.
This is pretty darn tasty and it's a very easy drinker. Hell, the mouthfeel borders on medium so that's another plus. The caronation isn't all fizzy and sh*t so...all in all, this is a good stab at the style, me thinks. I'm not at all sad that I sprung the bucks for this sampler pack as I only found the Porter to be not to my liking.

If this showed up on tap at my local Old Chicago, I'd drink some.
Good job.

09-22-2009 00:53:24 | More by Bitterbill
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Procrastinator

Florida

3.88/5  rDev +11.2%

12 oz. bottle from 20-pack sampler bought around Christmas. Born on date of 15 Aug 06. Poured into Nonic pint glass after swirling final two ounces of bottle to receive bottle conditioned yeast.

Appearance: the swirl of final two ounces within bottle causes towering 2" creamy head which slowly recedes into extremely sticky lacing. Yeast hangs in oddly shaped clouds within honey colored, cloudy brew.

Smell: soft wheat bread, mild aroma of bananas and cloves and bubblegum. Other spices, maybe coriander. Little, if any, hops can be indicated.

Taste: definite wheat malt, bananas and gum sweetness balanced by mild hop bitterness. Nice short lived aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: very enjoyable carbonation, medium bodied and easy to drink.

Drinkability: very refreshing beer. Would look forward to drinking several at any one session. Surprisingly good, knowing it's an A-B product, which normally equates to tasteless.

01-22-2007 23:42:03 | More by Procrastinator
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hero27

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +11.2%

12 oz bottle.
Bottled date: 4/18/07

Slightly hazy straw color. Decent head of white foam sits on top.
A heavy load of spices are tasted right off the bat..makes quite the impression...bold banana & clove flavors take the yeasty aspects to another level. Some fruity qualities with the banana and a tad of lemon zest thrown in for good measure.
Carbonation is pretty well done. Quite refreshing and smooth.

Overall, I'm impressed. This is certainly one of the best Anheuser-Busch products I've had. I certainly wouldn't mind having a few more of these over the course of the summer.

06-18-2007 00:11:15 | More by hero27
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +10.3%

Appearance: Hazy dim gold with a huge sudsy head in my Weizen Glass.

Smell: Very banana. Orange cream pineapple yeast vanilla, nuts and a splash of lemon as well.

Taste: easy and smooth. Gentle yeast banana and Bavarian Malt flavors, bread cloves - makes this a simple but refreshing representation of the style. The aftertaste is sweet and fruity and quite pleasant as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body and very smooth with a little bit of malt texture and light carbonation (for the style). nice.

Drinkability: This is certainly an approachable friendly drinking beer for thirsty days.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

11-15-2006 07:58:55 | More by Phatz
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chOAKbarrell

Maryland

3.83/5  rDev +9.7%

I'm pretty sure that Michelob Bavarian Style Wheat is the same beer as Budweiser's "Spring Heat Spiced Wheat" that they released earlier this year. I drank a good bit of that at happy hour(s) and this beer, although bottled, is very familiar. Unfiltered but not too hazy. Sweet honey scent. Sweetish taste evened out by the yeast. A slight sting in the mouthfeel that quickly evens out. I drank a lot of it then, and as long as its still $1.25 at happy hour, I would still drink a lot of this.

10-10-2006 00:00:06 | More by chOAKbarrell
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +9.7%

With a rouse of the yeast left at the base of the bottle, Michelob Bavarian Stye Wheat pours a hazy (not quite cloudy) golden-orange body beneath a creamy head of bright-white froth. The head retention is average, and the lacing is limited (particularly for the style).

The nose is quite phenolic with notes of plastic and powdered-sugar covered bubblegum (sugar, clove, a hint of vanilla). Little maltiness makes its way through.

In the mouth it's appropriately yeasty and medium-light bodied, but the crisp bristle of carbonation the style demands seems to be missing.

The flavor is not too unlike what the flavor suggests it might be, although there is more malt - and more wheatish malt at that! It's clean, disregarding the phenolic of the yeast, and a bit acidic and chalky-dry. The bitterness is limited, but it seems to me that it could be a tad sweeter.

Bright, yeasty, delicately malty... might make an interesting beer to pair with pulled pork, BBQ, or Thai foods; and I don't doubt that it's quite quaffable during the belching heat of summer.

11-23-2006 00:31:24 | More by NeroFiddled
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +9.7%

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet, notes of citrus and honey. Taste is good, wheat, citrus, spices, somewhat sweet, very flavorful. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall thia is a fine quality beer.

12-13-2009 17:03:47 | More by tone77
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karst

Missouri

3.83/5  rDev +9.7%

A few sixers of Michelob Bavarian Style Wheat were delivered to last nights St. Louis Brews homebrew club by A-B's brewmaster Florian Kuplent who with the rest of us tasted a dozen or more homebrewed porters and stouts before commenting on this fine wheat that features an unbelievable nose and clean well brew taste. We all were hinting that we wanted the yeast for our homebrewed versions. This will be packaged with a variety of other beers including the fine porter that I have also reviewed. Although the clove takes a backseat to the big bananna the beer deserves the name Bavarian. Last nights long line of porters and stouts that preceeded my tasting of this wheat keep me from going into a lot of details. I will return to it again.

09-08-2006 21:29:07 | More by karst
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.83/5  rDev +9.7%

Bought a Michelob mixed sampler 12 pack for $9.99

Wow, big surprise here! I may be a spring chicken when it comes to beer drinking but this was one of the better Hefe's I've had and to think it comes from AB. Smells of banana/clove mixture, drinkability is superb, and has a great mouthfeel.

09-15-2008 01:03:33 | More by oriolesfan4
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guinnessfan

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +8.9%

12 oz. bottle from Ales & Lagers variety pack poured into mason jar mug.

A: Cloudy with golden color with large pure white head. Big bubbles, decent retention but no lacing.

S: Nice punch of clove, definately reminds me of a hefe.

T: Mild spicy clove taste, with a hint of banana, very mild.

M: Bubbly carbonation is about it

D: Much better than expected, making it an enjoyable hefe-typ beer.

Nice little beer from AB that is surprisingly enjoyable. One of my favorites in the variety pack.

11-06-2006 14:09:17 | More by guinnessfan
Michelob Bavarian Style Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
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